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February 26, 2013

Dealer flees city police, attempts bribe

Tonawanda News — An admitted marijuana dealer was arrested Sunday evening after attempting to hide large bags of marijuana and running from officers, according to police.

Police initially spotted Jason D. Babcock speeding at a rate of 50 mph on Main Street in the City of Tonawanda. As officers attempted to pursue him, Babcock, 32, turned onto Nowak Street and drove into a driveway. 

“Officers saw him get out of the car and was doing something while leaning down in front of the vehicle,” Lt. Fredric Foels said. “The officer said ‘hey, get back into the car.’”

Babcock, of Ruie Road, North Tonawanda, got back into his vehicle as the officer approached, and when Babcock opened the car door, the officer got a strong whiff of marijuana, according to Foels.

Babcock told the officer that he “just smoked a blunt,” and pointed to the evidence in the car’s ashtray. 

The officer walked to the front of the vehicle to see what Babcock had been doing minutes earlier, and found a large plastic Tops bag filled with marijuana hidden under the car.

“As he began questioning him about the bag, Babcock took off running to Kohler Street,” Foels said.

Officers were able to stop Babcock in front of 373 Kohler Street, and as they were cuffing him, Babcock allegedly said “I’ll pay you to not arrest me.”

Foels said an additional large bag of marijuana was found inside the vehicle, and a small baggie of the drug was found on Babcock. Officers found a total of 13.65 ounces of marijuana. 

Babcock also had $4,500 cash on him. 

Back at the station, Babcock allegedly told booking officers that he is “just a marijuana dealer.” 

He was charged at 7:40 p.m. with third-degree criminal possession of marijuana, tampering of physical evidence, third-degree bribery, second-degree obstruction of governmental administration, resisting arrest, speeding and passing on the right.

Babcock was set at $10,000 and a felony hearing is scheduled for Thursday. 

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